Powered by six event champions and a clean sweep of gold medal winning relays was more than enough for the Cozad boys to win the team championship at the Broken Bow Track and Field Invitational on Friday.
The Haymakers combined to score 184.5 points to cruise to the crown with Holdrege finishing as the runner-up with 91 points. On the girl’s side, the Gothenburg girls were fourth and the Lady Haymakers were seventh.
The lone TRIBUNE-area standout to earn a triple crown in individual events was Lady Swede Tiani Reeves won the long and triple jump along with taking home the Kent McCloughan award for winning the 200-meter dash. Reeves reached past 17’5” and 36’1” to win the horizontal jumps to start her day. Putting an exclamation point on her speed, Reeves motored around the curve and sprinted to gold in the 200-meters with a stellar time of 25.2 seconds.
Reeves teamed up with fellow Gothenburg sprinters: Regan and Andie Geiken; along with Aryn Meisinger to burn up the cinders to the tune of a 4:10 to win the gold in the 1600-meter relay.
On the boys side, Cozad had six champions and three relay gold medals.
Haymaker hurdlers Conor Young and Colin Wetovick had notable days clipping the timbers. Wetovick was golden in winning the 110-meter hurdles in 15.0 and then he was able to power to a runner-up finish in the 300-meter hurdles. Young won the 300-meters in 41.9 seconds and was the silver medalist in the 110-meter hurdles. Along with his hurdling accolades, Conor was second overall in the long jump (20’10.25”).
Going vertical was the name of the game, as Jake Paulsen ‘Fosbury Flopped’ over 6’2” to win the high jump. In the finals of the 100-meter dash, Jake was edged at the finish line, as he ran a time of 10.5, where as the victor stopped the clock in 10.4 seconds.
Finishing strong and powering down the stretch, Cozad Senior Nate Bubak finished strong with a low time of 53.4 seconds.
In the throwing events, Cozad’s Alex Boryca and Jacob Stallbaumer won the discus and shotput. Boryca launched the discus beyond the 159’4” mark, his personal best for the gold medal. In the ring, Stallbaumer exploded with a top effort of 52’7.5” to win the shotput. Fellow Haymaker Simon Rangel was close behind in the shotput with a silver medal winning throw of 51’9”.
The Cozad boys were dynamite in winning the gold medals in all three running relays. The sprint relays finished their exchanges in 44.3 seconds and 3:35, respectively.
The Lady Swedes were able to score big points in the field events on Friday.
Aryn Meisinger got her meet started off on the right foot by going vertical over 9’0” to finish fourth overall in the pole vault. Emily Franzen earned podium finishes in the throwing events with second place in the discus (115’2”) and the bronze in the shotput (41’5.5”). Kim Whiting finished third overall in the high jump with a top clearing of 4’8”.
On the oval, Gothenburg’s Madi Gilg sprinted her way to hardware with a fourth place finish in the 100-meter dash in 13.2 seconds.
In the meet’s longest running event, Whitney Applegate of Cozad showed off great endurance with a fourth place finish.
The Lady Haymakers got a bronze medal effort from the 3200-meter relay team with a clocking of 10:59.
On the boys side, Cozad cashed in with their valuable scoring along with their gold medal efforts.
Graham Applegate and Jason Finnegan were third and fourth in a very fast paced 800-meter run. Applegate stopped the watch in 2:03, with Finnegan behind him in 2:08. Finnegan got off on the right foot with runner-up honors in the high jump (5’10”) and triple jump (40’1.5”) before circling the oval.
Tysen Werner turned and burned up the cinders to the tune of 23.6 seconds in the 200-meter dash, good enough for third place for the Red and Black.
In the pole vault, each jump could be the difference, as is evident in Haymaker Junior Escamilla claiming third place and Skyler Kottwitz of Gothenburg finishing fourth overall. Both vaulters cleared 13’0” to earn accolades.
Cozad’s Mitchell Wolf was fourth overall in the triple jump (38’4”) and Swede Roy Slack starred in the discus to finish fourth with a top throw of 151’4”.
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